This week in (gay) Vancouver: three holiday shows you should not miss

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Our holiday picks this year on Vancouver stages

This week in (gay) Vancouver we’re all about the theatre as we present our picks of the holiday shows currently on stage in Vancouver.

Sara-Jeanne Hosie is back at the Stanley Theatre in the Arts Club production of Mary Poppins (until Jan 4).  What we called “a jolly holiday treat” last year and a show that “practically oozes Christmas magic” this year, it is a show that will have you cheering as the high-flying Mary soars high above your heads.  This is version may have a little darker hue than its 1964 celluloid counterpart, but it loses nothing of the magic that made the film such a treasure. It really is that spoonful of sugar you just might need this time of year. (Photo above by David Cooper.)

The cast of the 2013 production of Mary Poppins. Photo by David Cooper.

The cast of the 2013 production of Mary Poppins. Photo by David Cooper.

Over at Pacific Theatre, the classic It’s a Wonderful Life jumps from the silver screen to the stage via a radio show in Peter Church’s Its a Wonderful Life Radio Show (until Dec 30). Bedford Falls is the backdrop as George Bailey gets a little help from angels Joesph and Clarence who are tasked with showing George everything he has to live for.  A show we declared was “not to be missed”, we’re still pretty sure you’ll still catch a flash of Jimmy Stewart’s lopsided grin hiding in the dark corners of the theatre in a approval.

Brandon Bate, Kaitlin Williams, and John Voth in a scene from Pacific Theatre's It's A Wonderful Life Radio Show. Photo by Ron Reed.

Brandon Bate, Kaitlin Williams, and John Voth in a scene from Pacific Theatre’s It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Show. Photo by Ron Reed.

And for those that prefer their holiday shows with just a little less sugar, our final recommendation is the partially improvised, partially scripted, but always funny A Twisted Christmas Carol (until Dec 27).  Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic gets a hilarious makeover as this team of funny people take us on a wild ride with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

Diana Frances, Jeff Gladstone and Jeff Pozzobon in a scene from the Arts Club production of A Twisted Christmas Carol. Photo by David Cooper

Diana Frances, Jeff Gladstone and Jeff Pozzobon in a scene from the Arts Club production of A Twisted Christmas Carol. Photo by David Cooper

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